Climate summit in Dubai. The creation of an interfaith “Pavilion of Faith”

This year, the interfaith ‘Pavilion of Faith’ will appear for the first time at the UN World Climate Conference in Dubai.

According to the authors of the initiative, the pavilion, created by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Muslim Council of Elders in collaboration with several religious organizations, aims to raise the profile of the involvement of religious organizations in the climate conference, as well as promoting cooperation between religious representatives and global decision makers.

“Leading religious figures around the world are now recognizing the challenges posed by climate change,” said Mohamed Abdel Salam, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Elders, in a recent interview with the Jesuit magazine America. Abdel Salam referred, among other things, to the interfaith summit that took place in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of November. Subsequently, about thirty religious leaders published a joint call for COP28, calling, among other things, for accelerating the energy transition and calling for the protection of the Earth and the promotion of models of living in harmony with nature.

Interfaith dialogue and climate change

During the World Climate Change Conference, which will be held in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, a special program will be offered in the new ‘Faith Pavilion’. Seventy non-governmental religious organizations involved in interfaith dialogue on climate change are involved in its preparation, said Abdel Salam, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Elders. Up to six events are planned each day to discuss the importance of intercultural and interfaith dialogue in the context of climate change.

Religious representatives and experts from Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Bahai Faith and indigenous religions are expected to participate. – Religious communities and organizations play a key role in the fight against climate change around the world – explained COP28 President Ahmed al-Jaber in the run-up to the current climate conference in Dubai. “We want to ensure that COP28 reinforces the call from world religious leaders for many communities around the world to take action on climate change,” the COP28 President said.

Source: Do Rzeczy